Daniel Buren, "Observatory of Light," work in situ, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016. Detail.
© DB-ADAGP Paris / Iwan Baan / Fondation Louis Vuitton Daniel Buren, "Observatory of Light," work in situ, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016. Detail.


The Fondation Louis Vuitton, overlooking the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, is hosting a new site-specific work from French conceptual artist Daniel Buren titled “L’Observatoire de la lumière” (Observatory of light), which opened on May 11. Buren conceived of the piece with the Frank Gehry–designed building’s signature design element in mind—the building’s 12 “sails,” composed of 3,600 glass panels. Buren’s artwork uses colored filters, in 13 different shades, which are positioned at an equal distance from one another across the glass structure. White-striped, like a fritted patterns and clear panels are also positioned intermittently. Depending on the time of day and the season, the filters will interact with natural light to create a play of color, projection, reflection, transparency, and contrast, transforming the building into a living kaleidoscope. The installation remains on view through the end of 2016.

Daniel Buren, "L'Observatoire de la lumière," work in situ, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016. Detail.
© DB-ADAGP Paris / Iwan Baan / Fondation Louis Vuitton Daniel Buren, "L'Observatoire de la lumière," work in situ, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016. Detail.
Daniel Buren, "Observatory of Light," work in situ, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016.
© DB - ADAGP Paris, 2016 © Manuel Lagos - Cid Daniel Buren, "Observatory of Light," work in situ, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016.
Daniel Buren, "Observatory of Light," work in situ, 2016
© DB - ADAGP Paris, 2016 © Manuel Lagos - Cid Daniel Buren, "Observatory of Light," work in situ, 2016
Daniel Buren.  "Observatory of Light," work in situ, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016. Detail.
© DB-ADAGP Paris / Iwan Baan / Fondation Louis Vuitton Daniel Buren. "Observatory of Light," work in situ, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016. Detail.
Daniel Buren,  "Observatory of Light," work in situ, 2016, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016.
© DB - ADAGP Paris, 2016 © Manuel Lagos - Cid Daniel Buren, "Observatory of Light," work in situ, 2016, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016.
Daniel Buren, "L'Observatoire de la lumière," work in situ, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016. Detail.
© DB-ADAGP Paris / Iwan Baan / Fondation Louis Vuitton Daniel Buren, "L'Observatoire de la lumière," work in situ, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016. Detail.